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A pseudonym (from the Greek pseúdos, “false,” and ónoma, “name”) is an invented name for the author of a literary, musical, or artistic work. Motives for the use of pseudonyms often ranged from political or religious repression to the prospect of negative social consequences, although there were also reasons related to fashion, aesthetics, and poetics. Works published pseudonymously or anonymously were accordingly mostly religious and political, but also included satirical or erotic texts (Satire; Erotica; Pornography). The use of a pseudonym to conceal a writer…

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Schneider, Ute, “Pseudonym”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026047>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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